Archives for February 2016

First Look: Salisbury’s Former Mayor Jim Ireton Wants to Take on Andy Harris

After the last three disappointing election cycles for Democrats in the 1st Congressional District, with Republican Andy Harris winning decisively against Frank Kratovil in 2010, John LaFerla in 2012, and Bill Tilghman in 2014, one would think it might be hard for the party to attract yet another contender willing to go against the rock solid Harris machine this time around.

That was before the former two-term mayor of Salisbury, Jim Ireton, decided it was his turn to win back the Eastern Shore’s seat in Congress for Democrats and perhaps just a few turned-off Republicans.

While Ireton has spent most of his professional life as a public school reading specialist for elementary grade children, there is little doubt that his twelve years in the rough and tumble world of Lower Shore politics, first on Salisbury’s City Council, and later as its Mayor, is the part of his resume that makes Ireton believe his can take on Dr. Harris.

In his first Spy interview, Ireton summarizes his motivation for running, his track record as a tough and sometimes controversial mayor of a city of close to 35,000 residents, and most importantly, how he plans to beat Harris in November.

This video is approximately nine minutes in length

This Just In: Trump Vows to Kill Leap Year if Elected by Jim Dissette

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump today announced that as President he would end Leap Year.

“I’d punch Leap Year in the face and then waterboard it,” Trump told an electrified audience at Hoover Dam.

“It’s a waste of paper. Think of all the calendar pages you can save without reprinting it every four years. In eight years that’s a forest the size of an average Walmart. That’s a lot of water-boards. Besides, it’s funny sounding, he added. “Leeeeeep Year. Listen too it. Just dumb.”

 Dale Thomas of Chesapeake Beach, sent a photograph of the concrete representation of the Solaris Calendar

Dale Thomas of North Beach, Maryland, sent a photograph of the concrete representation of the Solaris Calendar. Thomas owns Nice and Fleazy Antiques and inherited this calendar after the Smithsonian decided it did not accept lawn ornaments.

The businessman’s  long lasting feud with accuracy in general and the media in particular has fueled his mission to end the US’s fondness for what he calls “vague precedents.” “Look, Christmas should always be on Tuesday. None of this switcheroo baloney. A month is nothing but just a bad habit.”

Trump said that he had been talking to “extremely creditable sources somewhere“ about Leap Year and that he has a plan.

“It’s easy-peasy. We go to a thirteen-month calendar, all 28 days, every day of the month the same date. A guy already invented it when America was great, back when we had the Justice League and super-heroes. Cotsworth was his name. I want him in my cabinet as Director of Time.”

The Republican party candidate was apparently referring to the League of Nations, who in 1927 pushed for the so-called “international fixed calendar” of 13 months, each month having 28 days, each day’s date the same throughout the year. In fact, George Eastman advocated for the fixed calendar and ran his Kodak company by it until 1989 when they realized they’d  forgotten to look into digital photography.

When asked what the added month would be, Trump said, “look my friends, when Julius Caesar added a month to the calendar it was no big deal, although I’m told by people somewhere he could have been taken out for this kind of courage.  He even named the extra month after himself. July for Julius. Not bad for a little Italian guy, yo?”

After a deafening and confused applause he said, “So, my 13th month will be called ”Trumpus.”

Trump went on to say, “The new month would go where July is now. So July will be pushed forward to Fall. So the big firecracker day will become the Fourth of Trumpus. Can’t beat that now can you?”

Trump, wearing jodhpurs and polished knee-length boots for his announcement, rocked on his heels and said, “the trains will run on time again, especially in New Jersey.”

Eastman Kodak thirteen month calendar used until 1989.

Eastman Kodak thirteen month calendar used until 1989.

During the event, a nun wearing a smock depicting a February calendar with 29 days, was pummeled and escorted off the premises.

Not everyone was enamored with the idea of a thirteen-month calendar. Ben Carson asked, “will that eliminate fruit salad?” A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton texted “pffft,”  and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “I can’t hold a frown for an extra month. It hurts my face.”

Trump ended his speech with another challenge.

“After Leap Year, it’s Daylight Savings Time. What the hell is that and where do they put they extra daylight? I think it’s a scam.”

Asked who benefit from such a scam, Trump said, “I’m looking into the light-bulb people.”

A spokesman for General Electric Tweeted, “There are always candles. Good luck with that.”

Editor’s note: Since we’ve had problems with this kind of essay in the past, it is important to note that this is a piece of fictional writing. Mr. Trump has not commented yet on the future of Leap Year. 


Hunters Protest Pending Legislation in Annapolis

Deer season may be over in Maryland, but lobbying season is well underway in Annapolis.

Hunters and gun enthusiasts have held signs this week around the State Capitol, protesting two bills that were debated in the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee Friday.

One bill, sponsored by Delegate Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore, would prevent anyone on the FBI terrorist watchlist from buying a gun.

Over 2,000 people on the watchlist were allowed to purchase a gun in the past decade since the Terrorist Watchlist has been in existence, Clippinger said. Current federal law doesn’t prohibit people on the watchlist from buying a gun.

Delegate Deb Rey, R-St. Mary’s, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, was skeptical that it would keep guns away from terrorists.

“The intent is to keep guns out of the hands of citizens,” Rey said. “I believe it is a way to usurp the Second Amendment.”

Opponents say the bill violates due process by restricting rights for people who may not have been convicted or even charged with a crime, according to written testimony submitted to the House Judiciary Committee by the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association.

Sarah Love, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union, said her organization doesn’t oppose reasonable restrictions on purchasing guns, but said if gun rights are going to be restricted, it can’t be based on an “error-prone” list.

The criteria to be on the Terrorism Watchlist are secret, and the ACLU objected to people being denied rights based on a secret list, where those named may not be aware they are on it, or why.

Ken Gude, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said the potential risks of a terrorist getting a gun far outweighed the due-process concerns, which he said could be mitigated by providing a mechanism in the law for people to appeal if they are on the list erroneously.

Clippinger’s bill would prevent anyone on the Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing a “regulated firearm, rifle, or shotgun.” Gun rights’ activists say this is naive, arguing that bona fide terrorists wouldn’t go through the regular permitting and purchasing requirements anyway.

A similar bill in the Senate is scheduled for debate in that body’s Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 16. From there, if the House and Senate committees issue a favorable report, each bill will go to its respective chamber to be voted on for a “second reading.” Bills require passage on third reading in both chambers to move on to the executive branch.

Another bill, sponsored by Delegate Will Smith, D-Montgomery, does not place new restrictions on guns, but aims to increase enforcement.

Currently, anyone convicted of a “domestically related crime” must forfeit their weapons. Smith’s bill requires judges to tell people convicted of these crimes that they have two days to turn their guns over to law enforcement or a licensed dealer.

Though the law has no penalty for judges who do not comply, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said merely providing a legal mechanism will be enough.

“They’re not doing it now because it’s an oversight. If the legislature lays out a clear path for them to follow, they’ll follow it,” Frosh said last month when the legislation was announced. “Judges follow the law.”

The Senate version of this bill is slated to be heard in the Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 9.

By Rachel Bluth

Troika Gallery Introduces New Artists in ‘Folly and Finesse’ Show

“Still” by Deborah Elville

“Still” by Deborah Elville

From March 4-29, Troika Gallery in downtown Easton presents “Folly and Finesse,” introducing three new critically acclaimed artists: Deborah Elville, J. A. Ferrier, and Chris Wilke. There will be an opening reception on March 4 from 5-8pm during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Meet these extraordinary artists at the reception as they chat about the fascinating world of oil painting. Refreshments from Bannings Tavern will be served.

Deborah Elville, a longtime resident of the Annapolis area, has spent her life working in watercolors, pastels, and, her favorite medium, oils. She has studied extensively over the past decade, taking courses at George Washington University, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore. Elville’s love of nature is brought to life in her works of realism. She takes passionate inspiration from a great love of color, which extends to her use of a 32-color palette. “I feel such happiness in bringing the peace and beauty of birds, animals, flowers, seascapes, and landscapes to people through my art,” she says. “I enjoy bringing appealing details into view that people don’t ordinarily see.”

“Reflections” by Chris Wilke

“Reflections” by Chris Wilke

Having grown up in a small seashore Methodist Camp Meeting, J. A. Ferrier has a love for God, nature, philosophy, and the sciences. While this award-winning artist has a background in commercial art and design, it is her love of American storytellers and the Luminist landscape painting style from the mid-nineteenth century that inspire her. Her paintings reflect this interest in storytelling through color, form, and symbolism.

Chris Wilke is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a longtime artist who works in watercolor, graphite, and oils. She is a collector of art and antiques. Her paintings infuse color and whimsy into ordinary subjects. Wilke says, “I take great pleasure in the quiet moments of the still life. Each painting is a meditation in color and light, reflecting the diversity of everyday life.”

“We are pleased to share the captivating new works that these three women are bringing to this show,” says Troika co­owner, Laura Era.

Troika Gallery has been open for 19 years, making it the Eastern Shore’s longest running gallery. Last year, for the third time, Troika was voted Best Art Gallery by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine. Gallery owners Laura Era and Jennifer Heyd Wharton, both successful professional artists, and gallery manager Cris Bowser enjoy sharing their art expertise and giving friendly, personal tours of the gallery.

Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison Street in the heart of Easton’s downtown historic district. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm, and Sunday by appointment. Artist portfolios and gallery information are available online at For more information, email or phone 410.770.9190.



Country’s Premier Female Illusionist Comes to Chesapeake College March 4

Lyn Dillies is the country’s premier female illusionist for good reason. She doesn’t present just a magic show, but a full entertainment experience for the ages. And for all ages!

Dillies will bring her captivating stage show to the Rufus and Loraine Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Infusing all the spectacle and flash of Las Vegas into an enchanting, family-friendly event, Dillies’ spellbinding illusions put audiences on the edge of their seats and in the palm of her hand.

Dillies returns to TPAC – for one night only – with new illusions for an entertainment experience rarely available on the Eastern Shore.

Tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For tickets or more information, please call the TPAC Box Office at 410-827-5867.

This show is brought to you, in part, by the Best Western of Kent Island.

In Tune with the World (Part II) by George Merrill

Soon I’ll be leaving Puerto Rico for home. Now I’m looking east for my last look across the Caribbean where I can see the Island of Vieques rise from the sea like a behemoth. I feel in a contemplative mood. The complexities of the cosmos always allure me, like my thoughts of God can.

I read that day in the New York Times that, “scientists say they heard the feint chirp of two black holes colliding a billion light years away, fulfilling Einstein’s general theory of relativity.” We are told that black holes collide, not with a bang but a chirp. Black holes sing at fifty-seven octaves below middle C. We can also say the music of black holes is hot since their temperatures far exceed that of the sun. Like teens, black holes have voracious appetites and consume anything in sight, even light. The enormity of the cosmos is breathtaking.

How did Einstein sense any of this? By another unfathomable mystery, that whimsical attribute we call imagination, ‘Gedankenexperiment,’ as Einstein called his mind exercises. At age sixteen he imagined riding alongside light beams. His successes, writes Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute, “had been based on his talent for sniffing out the underlying physical principles of nature.” He first could see them in his mind’ eye. Afterwards, he ran the numbers.

Tom Folger writing in Scientific American described Einstein’s space-time travel implications vividly.

If, during the entire year 2016, I traveled the speed of light in a round trip to Betelgeuse – one of our most distant stars, 520 light years away, when I returned I’d be only ten years older. That’s the good news. The trade off is that while I traveled, one thousand years on earth would have passed and it would be 3016 when I got back. There’d be nobody to pick me up. Anyone I knew would be dead.

Do you suppose that in the eternity of time, when we have traveled the whole distance the speed of light can carry us that we’ll be back to where we started, like going backwards? Maybe we keep moving forever, like the beams of lightless stars.

The word ‘awe’ has declined in usage since 1800 according to a chart I saw on Google. Both the word ‘awe’ and the exclamation ‘wow’ reached their low in 1960, but have been spiking ever since, due in no small measure, to the inclusion of the words ‘wow’ and ‘totally awesome’ into the regular vocabulary of teens.
Awe’s present usage obscures most of its original significance. I think of the present use of the word –awesome – as a kind of conversational amphetamine, used primarily by teens to generate a feeling of great energy and excitement about something that isn’t all that great, energizing, or exciting.

This is sad.

The word ‘awe’ historically attempts to identify what is probably the most profound emotion we humans are capable of having. Awe is the primary feeling in spiritual ecstasy as one might imagine in seeing the face of God. In fact, our ancient forbears thought the experience of awe so profound, that it was considered transformational. The declaration, “The awe of God (sometimes rendered the fear of God) is the beginning of wisdom,” appears in Biblical literature, in Proverbs and in the Psalms.

The classical definition of awe is: to be amazed, astonished, stricken by wonder, stunned by sheer extravagance while feeling a measure of dread.
There are spiritual moments when we feel astonishment. I believe everyone has been astonished at one time or another. Imagination plays significant role in embracing awe and astonishment.
These moments are momentary glimpses when we see beyond the veil, into the depth and unity of creation, an experience as profound as it is elusive. It just happens, and it frequently overtakes us, drawing our souls a notch deeper into the wonder of existence. I suspect Einstein’s childhood fancy of riding light beams excited his feeling of awe, which was the beginning of his wisdom.

In my experience, astonishing circumstances may, by their measure, be infinitesimally small, like a hazelnut, as mystic Julian of Norwich once wrote, or wholly immense like the sea, stars and universe. In the interpersonal arena, awe may be experienced between persons, when after surrendering our facades, we allow ourselves to become vulnerable, to be open and abundantly alive to another human being; to be fully known.

I hoped my last glimpses of this island’s tropical beauty might help me claim the same mystical feeling that its vastness inspired in me just days before. I wanted to reignite the fleeting astonishment I felt considering how our cosmos is expanding out into the fullness of emptiness at unimaginable speed. I treasure that feeling of awe.

The sky was pale blue, the wind light and sunlight dodged in and out of clouds. Waves rolled lazily toward the bluff. A pelican sat atop the stump of palm tree. She looked at me with total indifference, raised her wing, scratched under it, and then tucked her oversized bill down onto her breast. She returned to life’s universal preoccupation, just hanging out, watching and waiting. The pelican was watching for fish. I was waiting for God.

Nearby, an Iguana was half way up the trunk of a palm tree. He was easily five feet long and he looked scary, dragon-like. What did he eat, I wondered, uneasily? Vegetables, I hoped.

I looked around as though I was surveying the universe from its still point. I looked at the pelican, at the Iguana and then the rolling waves and the sky. I felt a rush of euphoria. I felt my universal connectedness and in a moment of ecstasy shouted to both the pelican and the Iguana: “ You know what? We all arrived here together on the Milky Way. Is that totally awesome or what?”

They didn’t bat an eye.


Public Statement by Talbot County Office of Law on Final Authority to Approve Comprehensive Plan

Michael L. Pullen, the Talbot County Attorney, issued a public statement on Friday regarding the authority of the Talbot County Council to approve and amend the County’s comprehensive plan. Here is the statement in its entirety:

There has been a great deal of misinformation sponsored by a group of interested citizens who claim that the Planning Commission, not the County Council, has legal authority to adopt “amendments” or “revisions” to the Comprehensive Plan. This notion is legally flawed for a number of reasons.

The General Assembly has delegated express power to the Talbot County Council to “enact local laws relating to zoning and planning to protect and promote public safety, health, morals, and welfare” Local Govt., § 10-324 (a) (1) (i). This language is plain enough and clearly gives the County Council legislative authority to adopt the Comprehensive Plan. The sponsors’ theory misinterprets this to say that the Council may “enact local laws relating to zoning and planning, but not the comprehensive plan.” No court would supply words this statute does not contain or interpret it to mean something other than what it plainly says.

To avoid this result, the sponsors’ propose a semantic distinction that makes no sense and has no legal significance. They claim that the Comprehensive Plan is not a “law” or “legislation,” but merely offers “guidance.”

Comprehensive plans occupy a primary and central legal position in the development and implementation of local government land-use regulations and management of public resources and infrastructure. They are a 10-year strategic plan for counties and towns. Maryland law requires many local “actions” to be “consistent” with comprehensive plans. State law defines “consistency” and gives it a specific legal meaning. Local “actions” that must be “consistent” include zoning laws and maps, other land-use laws, planned development, subdivision regulations, amendments to the County’s Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan, extension of sewer, and extension of infrastructure and public services by Towns into recently annexed areas, among others. For example, the Planning Commission must review every proposed County sewer extension to determine if it is “consistent” with the Comprehensive Plan. The County cannot extend sewer service if it is “inconsistent” with the Plan.

All these “actions” are subject to legal challenge based on allegations they are “inconsistent” with the Plan and a court may award appropriate legal relief if it finds inconsistency. So, the notion that the Plan is merely a “guide” and not a “law” is both misleading and inaccurate. Whatever the semantics, the Comprehensive Plan has fundamental legal significance and occupies a dominant position as the benchmark against which to measure all these local decisions throughout its 10-year lifespan.

County councils throughout Maryland adopt comprehensive plans through legislation as part of their State-delegated function to “protect and promote public safety, health, morals, and welfare.” The County Council adopted the 2005 Comprehensive Plan by legislation. The 2005 Plan and the 2015 Draft Plan both state, “[t]he Council has the ultimate authority to determine the content of the Comprehensive Plan, taking the Planning Commission’s advisory recommendations and the Planning Officer’s recommendations into account.”

The sponsors’ misinterpretation is totally at odds with the plain meaning of Local Govt., § 10-324 (a) (1) (i) and fails to explain why the General Assembly delegated such clear and broad authority to county councils if they did not fully expect them to actually exercise that authority by adopting comprehensive plans.

Talbot County’s Charter

The County Charter, § 404 (c) clearly sets out the Planning Commission’s role relating to the comprehensive plan: “The Planning and Zoning Commission shall make advisory recommendations to the County Planning Officer and the Council relating to the Comprehensive Plan, the zoning maps, and rules and regulations relating to zoning.”

To avoid the plain meaning of the Charter the sponsors offer another legal mis-interpretation. They claim that Land Use § 1-416 “conflicts” with the County Charter and therefore State law has “superseded” the Charter. This claim is mistaken for several reasons.
The Charter does not “conflict” with State law

Nobody informed Talbot County’s Local Delegation, the County Council, or Talbot County voters that the General Assembly’s adoption of § 1-416 would create any supposed “conflict” that would “supersede” Charter § 404 (c). In fact, nobody even told the General Assembly – not even the Department of Legislative Services, whose job is to summarize and explain the legal effect of the many Bills, often written in “legalese” that the General Assembly considers. Nowhere in the legislative record is there any suggestion that anyone ever intended or believed the sponsors’ claim that Land Use § 1-416 would “conflict” with and “supersede” Talbot’s Charter. That result was never proposed, considered, intended or accomplished.

Section 1-416 was part of a major revision of various titles and subtitles of land use law previously spread through several parts of the Maryland Code that were being recodified into a single new volume called Land Use. This re-codification divided the previous, longer statute, Art. 66B § 1.04, into shorter, renumbered sections, including § 1-416, and placed the new § 1-416 into its own section of the new Land Use Article. That ministerial process was not intended to effect any substantive change in the law. The recodified section of Land Use § 1-416 (a) currently provides:

At least once every 10 years, each planning commission shall review the comprehensive plan and, if necessary, revise or amend the comprehensive plan to include all:
the elements required under Part II of this subtitle; and
the visions set forth in § 1-201 of this title.

The meaning of § 1-416 remains the same as it was in Art. 66B § 1.04, which provided that, “when developing a comprehensive plan for a charter county, a planning commission shall include: a transportation plan element which shall propose the most appropriate and desirable …transportation facilities…a mineral resources plan element that… incorporates land use policies and recommendations for regulations…an element which contains the planning commission’s recommendation for land development regulations to implement the comprehensive plan… when developing a comprehensive plan for a charter county a planning commission may include a priority preservation area element…” Art. 66B § 1.04.

The meaning of Art. 66B § 1.04 and § 1-416 is the same. Planning commissions develop comprehensive plans that include all elements and visions required by State law and recommend that Plan to the local legislative body for adoption. The Department of Legislative Services explained this in its Fiscal and Policy Note for the legislation that required local “actions” to be “consistent” with comprehensive plans. That Fiscal and Policy Note explained: “The State has delegated to local governments the power to plan and zone subject to specified statutory requirements.…Local planning commissions develop and approve comprehensive plans that must be recommended to the local legislative body for adoption. In part, comprehensive plans serve as a guide to public and private actions and decisions relating to development….For charter counties…the plan is required to include… a transportation plan, a mineral resources plan under specified circumstances, a water resources plan, recommendations for land development regulations, and a sensitive areas element. Plans must be reviewed and if necessary, revised and amended, at least once every six [now ten] years.” (Fiscal and Policy Note, Department of Legislative Services, HB 297, Ch 426, Acts 2009).

This process is clear and simple and universally understood and followed throughout the State. It confirms the very process Charter § 404 (c) requires, i.e., that the Planning Commission “makes advisory recommendations to the County Planning Officer and the Council relating to the Comprehensive Plan…” It recognizes and incorporates the express delegation of legislative power to county councils to adopt comprehensive plans.

Section 1-416 does not “conflict” with Charter § 404 (c). When courts interpret and apply multiple laws concerning the same subject they construe them as consistent with each other if such a construction is reasonable. That is clearly the situation here. Section 1-416 means what the

General Assembly and the Department of Legislative Services understood it to mean, i.e., it requires periodic review and revision of the comprehensive plan at least once every 10 years, and requires that the Plan be amended or revised if necessary to include all the elements and visions specified in State law. After that happens the Commission recommends the Plan to the Council for adoption. That invokes the Council’s express legislative authority and necessarily requires the Council to make policy judgments about how best to promote public health, safety, and welfare.
But, even if §1-416 did “conflict” with Charter § 404 (c), there is a fundamental problem the sponsors overlook. Any supposed “conflict” would not affect the State’s express delegation of separate legislative authority to the Council to adopt the Comprehensive Plan under Local Govt. § 10-324 (a) (1) (i). That independent grant of legislative authority would remain intact and unaffected.

Section 1-416 is not a grant of legislative power to an unelected Planning Commission. That misinterpretation raises serious constitutional questions and is inconsistent with: (1) the express grant of legislative power to the County Council under Local Govt. § 10-324 (a) (1) (i); (2) the General Assembly’s legislative intent in re-codifying Art. 66B § 1.04; (3) the Department of Legislative Services’ analysis and succinct legal explanation in its Fiscal and Policy Note; (4) the current and historical practices of charter counties throughout the State; and (5) the clear language of the County Charter.

Finally, the Court of Appeals has provided legal guidance on this issue.

“It must be borne in mind that the planning commission was not the legislative body. Insofar as this plan was concerned it had one function and only one function, to devise and to transmit to the county commissioners the best possible plan for Washington County…It was not the function of the commission to determine whether there should be a plan. The county commissioners made that decision when they created the planning commission. If the appellants wished to oppose adoption of this particular plan or, notwithstanding the earlier decision of the legislative body to formulate and adopt a plan, they still wished to oppose adoption of any plan, then the place for such opposition was before the legislative body, not the planning commission.” Washington County Taxpayers Asso. v. Board of County Comm’rs, 269 Md. 454, 464, 306 A.2d 539, 544 (1973)

The Planning Commission makes advisory recommendations to the Planning Officer and the Council concerning the Comprehensive Plan. The Council has the legislative authority to adopt the Plan. This authority necessarily involves legislative judgments by the County’s elected representatives as they consider which policies, goals, and strategies will best promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the County and its citizens for the next 10 years.

At this point the Planning Commission has finalized and submitted their recommended Plan. The County Council is considering those recommendations and public comment and is preparing a final draft Plan to be introduced for legislative action. The Council will continue to receive and consider the Commissions’ recommendations and citizen input and will continue to carefully evaluate which policies, goals, and strategies best promote the public welfare.

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Library Brown Bag to Feature Pete Lesher, CBMM Museum Curator

bugeye EdnaELockwood by Steve Aprile

The bugeye Edna E. Lockwood

Pete Lesher, the chief curator for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be the Brown Bag speaker for the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Monday, March 7, 2016 at noon. The bugeye Edna E. Lockwood will be the subject of the talk.

Built on Tilghman Island in 1889, the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood dredged for oysters for 78 straight years before coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. She was saved in the late 1970s, when her topsides and deck were rebuilt, and now that she is 127 years old, her lower hull needs attention. In this talk, the Museum’s chief curator Pete Lesher will describe the preparations for this next restoration, from documenting her shape with laser scans to a training exercise in traditional Chesapeake Bay log boat construction techniques.

Mr. Lesher has served on the staff since 1991. In addition to overseeing museum exhibits, programs, and the restoration boat yard, he is responsible for the museum’s collections – ranging from floating watercraft to photographs and oral history archives. He graduated Lafayette College and holds an MA in history from Columbia. His research specialty is the history of wooden shipbuilding on Chesapeake Bay. Outside of work, he is serving his second term as an elected member of the Easton Town Council, he is active in historic preservation as chairman of the St. Michaels Historic District Commission, and he is a sailor, taking particular pleasure in his role as jib tender on one of the Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes, the 1882-built Island Bird.

The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the speaker series and everyone is invited to bring their lunch or a snack and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information you can check the library website at or call (410) 745-5877.


CMT Group to Learn The Benefits of Stretching, Balance, Strengthening

Easton resident Kate Mills, DPT, will speak at the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Support Group meeting on Saturday, March 5 at the Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover Street, Easton. The meeting runs from 10 AM until Noon.

The talk will focus on how Dr. Mills helps her patients with a variety of neurological disorders–including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder, Parkinson’s, MS, and spinal cord injury—remain mobile and even active. Her talk will include a discussion of a routine she designed for an Easton Branch member that focuses on stretching, strength training and balance.

CMT is a neuromuscular disorder primarily affecting the limbs, hands and feet. Depending on which gene it is found, it can manifest itself in many different ways, even in the same family. First discovered in the 1880s, CMT could not be studied until the discovery of the Human Genome in 1990. Affecting some 2.5 million people worldwide, it is said to affect about 250 within 50 miles of Easton. There is still no cure.

Kate Mills holds a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s degree in physical therapy and a doctorate in physical therapy, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her background includes two years of neurological experience in a sub-acute brain injury unit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; five years in an acute care stroke center; and six years treating vestibular disorders in a variety of settings, including acute, sub-acute, outpatient and home care.

Raised in Centreville and now a resident of Easton, Dr. Mills practices at Peret & Moy Therapy Associates in Chester, Maryland.

The public and any interested physical therapists are welcome to attend the meeting. For further information please contact Missy Warfield, Group Leader, at “” or at 410-820-0576.